Six weeks later, the confrontation between the president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, and the demonstrators continues. As a reminder, the protests erupted after the December 7 dismissal and arrest of Socialist President Pedro Castillo on charges of attempted coup. Dina Boluarte, as vice president, succeeded him. But the protesters, who see in her a “traitor”, they demand his exit as well as immediate elections. The protests continued this Saturday. But after clashes with the police in Ilave, a protester died, announced the local Ombudsman.
“One person died in Ilave after the protests on Friday. It is a resident who was injured and was taken to the hospital in Puno, but he arrived there without life.Ilave ombudsman Jacinto Ticona told AFP. “We urge the police not to use disproportionate force”, added. The police response to Friday’s protests in Ilave sparked anger among residents who set fire to the police station in the early hours of Saturday, television footage showed. Clashes between Aymara residents and the police in this town have also left 10 injured, according to hospital sources.
Machu Picchu closed
This Saturday, Peru also announced an important and historic decision to deal with the protests. The country has decided to close Machu Picchu, an Inca tourist gem and the country’s main attraction, because the riots that have rocked the country since December have left 46 dead, the government has announced.
“The closure of the Camins Inca network (land access, Camí Inca) and the Llaqta (citadel) of Machu Picchu has been ordered due to the social situation and to preserve the integrity of visitors”the Ministry of Culture has informed in a statement.
At least 400 tourists, including 300 foreigners, are stranded at the foot of the site, in Aguas Calientes. “We don’t know if a train will pick us up. All the tourists here line up to check in for the evacuation, Chilean tourist Alem Lopez told AFP on Friday.
Source : Le JDD